BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Food and Wine Adventure

Fresh regional produce, flavoursome cuisine and some of the finest wine in the state combine to create food and wine excellence in the Goldfields region that will dazzle your palate. Enjoy perfect lattes in Castlemaine's cafes then escape into the countryside for a picnic, stocking up on fresh produce at farm gates and local markets along the way. Sample the local bull boar sausages, try Mediterranean delicacies like locally-pressed olive oil and buy crisp apples and juicy pears straight from the growers. Lunch among the vines at winery restaurants and after a busy gourmet day, relax for dinner at one of the award winning Hotels and Restaurants.

Castlemaine is a Foodies Delight!

Experience the quality local wines and specialty foods, flavours and experiences of the Goldfields at the many venues listed below or at one of the great food and wine events coming up in our in our area.

Wineries/Cideries/Breweries

Bress Wine, Cider and Produce - A picturesque and idyllic winery and restaurant featuring biodynamic, handcrafted and authentic wines and produce. James Halliday 2015 Five Red Star Rated Winery 6 years in a row!  Age Good Food Guide Rated Restaurant. Open Sat & Sun from October to May. Winery open Fri to Sun 11am to 5pm. 3894 Harmony Way, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2262

Boomtown Winemakers Co-operative - A shared winemaking space and home to Minum Wine and Little Reddie.  Boomtown is driven by a philosophy of making small batch, honest, natural wines sourcing fruit from great Central Victorian sites. Cellar door open weekends 12 -5 pm at The Mill, Castlemaine.  Shed 10, 9 Walker Street, Ph: 0417 237 155

Castlemaine Brewing Company - The Taproom is home to Castlemaine Brewing Company, producers of small batch, hand crafted quality beer. Serving a range of 10 craft beers on tap as well as local cider, wines, juice and soft drink. Freshly made pizza and locally procured cheeses complement your drink and dine experience. Open Tuesday to Sunday at The Mill, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine. Ph: 419 365 308.

Harcourt Valley Vineyards - Handcrafted estate grown and made wines and boutique beer. A James Halliday 5 Star Rated Winery. Open 7 days 11am - 6pm and for weekend lunches from November to March. 3339 Harmony Way, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2223 

Henry of Harcourt Real Cider - A family run orchard situated at the foot of Mount Alexander. Meet the cidermaker and taste some "Real Ciders" utilising the best local fruit and traditional methods. Feed the chooks and ducks whilst sitting on the verandah enjoying a cool libation. Open every day except Christmas 10am - 5pm. 219 Reservoir Road, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2177

Taradale Wine & Produce has delicious wood fired pizza, art, wine, coffee, cakes and large range of produce and collectables. Sit inside by the cosy fire or enjoy the beautiful garden with plenty of space to run wild. Open Thurs - Sat 11am - 6pm, Fri & Sun 11am - 9pm. 120 High Street, Taradale. Ph 5423 2828

Sundays at Sutton Grange Winery - Wine sales & tasting, live music and regional tasting platters. Noon - 4pm Sundays. Carnochans Lane, Sutton Grange. Ph 9261 9919

BlackJack Wines - Drop in and taste some excellent award-winning full bodied reds and talk about the joys and despairs of grape growing and wine making in historic Harcourt. Open Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 11am - 5pm. Calder Highway, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2355

Mount Alexander Winery - located in an ideal position on the north-eastern slopes of Mount Alexander. Cellar door is open on weekend and public holidays from 11am - 5pm. 410 Harcourt Road, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2567

Chappels Cairn Curran Estate - overlooks Cairn Curran Reservoir and is situated between Maldon and Newstead. 329 Seer Road, Welshmans Reef. Open daily 11am - 5pm, please ring first. Ph 5475 1039.

Limestone Track Vineyard - Open most weekends and public holidays 11am - 5pm.  48 Limestone Track, Guildford. Ph 5476 4266

Welshman's Reef Winery - Open weekends 10am - 5pm. Maldon Newstead Road, Welshmans Reef. Ph 5476 2733

 

Markets 

Visit the local Wesley Hill market held every Saturday morning 7.30am to 1pm. Here you will find organic coffee, traditional brewed chai like you've never had before, food from all countries and organic fruit and vegetables, all whilst listening to the local buskers and enjoying the colorful parade of people wandering past.

Sample local produce and fill your basket with goodies at the Castlemaine Farmers Market held on the first Sunday of each month.

Or take a drive to a regional market held in the towns and villages surrounding Castlemaine such as Daylesford, Kyneton, Maryborough, Trentham, Glenlyon and Maldon.

 

Festivals

Come to the many Food and Wine Festivals held around Castlemaine.  See our Events Calendar for dates and plan ahead!

Taradale Mineral Springs Food Wine and Arts Festival - Sunday of the long weekend in March 11am - 4pm.

Harcourt Annual Applefest - March Long Weekend.

Bendigo Winemakers Festival - Easter Sunday.

 

Fresh Produce and Farm Gates

Ice Cream Social - makers of small batch icecream, gelato and sorbet from fresh local ingredients in the Goldfields of Victoria. All their flavours are made from scratch, and use no artificial colours or flavours.  Their factory and scoopery is at The Mill Castlemaine. Open Wednesday-Sunday 12-6. Pop in and try the latest greatest flavours!

Chocolate Mill - for the serious Chocoholic. The home of the Ultimate Hot Chocolate and over 90 selections of Belgian couverture chocolates made fresh and sold on site only. Open 7 days 10am - 4.45pm, closed Christmas and February.     5451 Midland Highway, Mt Franklin. Ph 5476 4208

Colliers Chocolates - Handmade chocolates situated on farming land in scenic Sutton Grange. 1221 Bendigo - Sutton Grange Road, Sutton Grange. Open Sundays 10am - 5pm.

Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens - Certified organic orchard. Pick your own and farm door sales of cherries from mid November until end December. 69 Danns Road, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2808

Peelers Family Orchard - come and see Trevor Peeler, a sixth generation Harcourt born and bred fruit grower for your best quality apples, pears, cherries, stone fruit and other local produce. Open 8.30am - 6pm, 7 days, February to December. Old Calder Highway (opp. 123km post), Harcourt. Ph 54744033

Maldon Cherry Farm - Organically grown cherries and apricots of impeccable quality. Drive in for the most wonderful tasty fruit picked fresh on the day. Open 8am-6pm daily (mid November until January) cnr Bridgewater & Watersons Road, Maldon. Ph 5475 2178

Cherry's Ice Creamery - Gourmet ice creams and gelato all made on premises in Maldon with all natural ingredients. Open all year round. 22 High Street, Maldon. Ph 5475 2652

Pud For All Seasons - the Passionate Pudding People. Visit Kelly and her staff making traditional and contemporary hand-made gourmet puddings for us to enjoy all year round. Kitchen door sales open Mon to Fri 9.30am - 3pm. Bus tours welcome. Rm 24, I Halford Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 6128

Olive Branch Preserves - Traditional jams, chutneys and sauces with wholesome ingredients and old style goodness. 1 Halford Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 4418

Goldfields Honey - Producers of quality varietal honey and pure natural beeswax candles. Open Mon to Fri 10am - 5pm. 106 Diamond Gully Road, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 3988

Newstead Butcher - These butchers are makers of bull boar sausages, a traditional food brought to the area by Swiss-Italian migrants that arrived during the gold rush era. Lyons Street, Newstead. Ph 5476 2217

 

Great Coffee, Country Hotels, Funky Cafes and Stylish Restaurants - we have it all!

Listed below are some of the many cafes, hotels and restaurants in Castlemaine. This is just a sample of the gastronomic delights awaiting you!

Das Kaffeehaus - A taste of Vienna in Castlemaine. Small batch micro roastery and licensed coffee house situated in the historic Woollen Mill opposite the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens. Open Mon to Fri 6am- 5pm, Sat & Sun 8am - 4pm. at The Mill, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 6270

Taste of the Orient Yum Cha House - the best yum cha you will ever have!  Hand made using organic, free range, gluten free ingredients. Open Thurs to Sat 11am - 8.30pm, Sun 11am - 3pm. 223 Barker Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 5465.

Skydancers Cafe - Enjoy a coffee, snack or light meal in the pleasant surroundings of this delightful Gift Shop and Garden Centre. Open 7.30am - 5pm weekdays, 9am - 5pm Sat & Sun. Cnr Blackjack Road and Midland Highway, Harcourt. Ph 5474 3800

The Good Table - This European style restaurant makes a big effort to use local suppliers. It is situated in the restored Council Club Hotel with high ceilings and arcaded windows. Open Mon & Tues 5.30pm to 10.30pm, Wed to Sun, lunch from 12 noon and dinner from 6pm. 233 Barker Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 4400

The Governors Cafe - Located at the Old Castlemaine Gaol atop a hill overlooking Castlemaine - beautiful!  A modern menu with cakes and coffee all day. Open Mon, Tue, Thurs 8am - 5pm, Fri 8am - 11pm, Sat & Sun 9am - 5pm. Open Saturday nights over summer with live music. Off Bowden Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 3749

The Public Inn - Located in the Old Castlemaine Fire Station. Open Friday to Tuesday evenings for dinner, lunch Sat & Sun. Cafe open 8am - 4pm 7 days. Depot Bar open 7 days from 4pm. 26 Templeton Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 3568

Railway Hotel - Welcoming and inviting hotel for locals and travellers. A range of local beers and ciders on tap.  Open Mon - Fri 3pm- 11pm, Sat & Sun 12 noon to 11pm. 65 Gingell Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 1250

The Bridge Hotel - Fantastic food, great range of beers and ciders on tap, amazing atmosphere and live music to boot.  You can't go past this great little venue.  Lunch and dinner 7 days.  21 Walker Street, Castlemaine.  Ph: 5470 6426

Castlemaine Brewing Company - The Taproom - open four days a week serving delicious beverages, yummy food and beaucoup conviviality. The Taproom is home to Castlemaine Brewing Company, producers of small batch, hand crafted quality beer.  Serving a range of 10 craft beers on tap as well as local cider, wines, juice and soft drink. Freshly made pizza and locally procured cheeses complement your drink and dine experience. Mon/Tues/Wed: 12pm to 6pm, Thurs: 12pm to 8pm, Fri/Sat: 12pm to 10pm, Sun: 12pm to 8pm. Ph: 0425 323 005 or 0438 042 901

Saffs Cafe - Enjoy Saffs famous big breakfast, lunch and anything in between. Indoor and outdoor dining. Open 7 days from 7.30am - 4pm. 64 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 6722

Run Rabbit Run - Comfortable, cosy and familiar cafe with espresso bar downstairs and gallery upstairs. Open 7 days 8.30am - 4pm & for dinner Sat 8.30am - 8.30pm. 24 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 5712

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